If you thought that the end of the world was imminent because Jesus would arrive any day now, how would you spend the remaining time? One family in Texas clearly felt that teaching their home-schooled children stuff like math and science and other forms of book-learning was a waste of time and so let them just good off.
What is interesting is that there seems to be no way for the state to compel parents to provide their children even the basic elements of knowledge.
Laura and Michael McIntyre began homeschooling their nine children inside the family’s El Paso motorcycle dealership more than a decade ago.
Officials say the family did not have to teach state-approved curriculum or give standardized tests.
However, problems started when a relative told authorities that he never saw the children reading, working on math, using computers or doing anything educational besides play music.
He said he heard one of them say that learning wasn’t necessary because “they were going to be raptured.”
The El Paso school district eventually asked the couple to provide proof that their children were properly educated. The family sued and an appeals court ruled against them.
The couple argued that school district officials violated their 14th Amendment rights by attempting to verify that their children were learning.
The case then headed to the state’s Supreme Court, where the justices made a 6-3 ruling on technical grounds in favor of the McIntyres.
So we are going to end up with nine adults who will lack the minimum competencies to get jobs, let alone function in society. The only thing that can be said in favor of these parents is that they are not as bad as those parents whose children die because they withheld medical treatment that could have saved them in favor of praying.
What is surprising is that in Texas, a state that shows great deference to religious people and seems to be the source of much of the religion-based wackiest ideas in the nation, a school district actually challenged rapture-loving Christians.